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Galatians – Surprised by Grace and Peace

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The song Amazing Grace is well-known around the world. God's grace is a free gift for us even though we do not deserve it. But do we understand it? And what can we learn from grace in the book of Galatians in the Bible? Find out in this message.

Points To Ponder…

G-od’s Love For Us

R-adical Transformation

A-cknowledging God’s Grace

C-onfidence to draw near to God

E-ternity

About The Series

Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you. –

Galatians 5:1

The Apostle Paul, a zealous persecutor turned courageous pioneer, with his church planting team, were taking the message of Jesus far beyond the confines of Jerusalem’s walls. Their journey brought them to a region known as Galatia, modern-day Turkey, where people in towns and cities such as Pisidian Antioch, Iconium, Lystra and Derbe enthusiastically responded to the Gospel.

Now a few years later, Paul hears that these believers had fallen captive to a pernicious teaching that was creating havoc right across the early church. Simply put, Christ is not enough. Followers of the way were obligated to observe the markers of Judaism, including circumcision, kosher food laws and the Sabbath. These were to be prerequisites for fellowship in the church, even for these new followers of Jesus.

Paul’s letter to the churches in Galatia is often blunt and sometimes indignant, and often one is caused to wince and the straight-talking of the Apostle to his brothers and sisters. For Paul, the very gospel is at stake; Christ is enough. Addition to Christ subtracts Christ. Whatever one thinks needs to be added will result in questioning the adequacy of Christ.

‘Christ is enough’ is the maxim. Easier to say than to live by. That’s why we have Galatians!

Resources

Read Galatians 1:6-9

Why was Paul so upset?

Read Ephesians 2:8-9

What do we have to pay to receive grace?

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